Companies Can Save Big Bucks With Defragmentation Technology

FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 17, 2000 – Many companies are unnecessarily spending money on upgrading their computer systems to improve performance.

However, the solution for decreased system performance is often much easier – as well as much less expensive. According to a new report from IDC,

degradation of system performance is often a result of fragmented files, and defragmentation technology can often improve performance as well as delay the

acquisition of more costly system upgrades.

"Because fragmentation exerts a severe toll on system performance, it's quite likely that many organizations have initiated hardware upgrades

unnecessarily," said Steve Widen, director of IDC's Storage Software research. "By using a defragmentation utility, it's possible to achieve performance

gains that meet or exceed many hardware upgrades. From a cost standpoint alone, this is an attractive proposition."

According to IDC, file fragmentation is necessary because it expands disk storage capacity. Files are split into smaller pieces and randomly placed in

available clusters. A problem develops, however, when the fragments are placed in non-contiguous blocks. The disk's read/write head must jump from track to

track to find and then reassemble all the pieces of a file, causing disk latency and system delays.

"As new files are created and older files are edited or deleted, the situation deteriorates rapidly," Widen said. "Files can take 10 to 15 times

longer to access, boot time can be tripled, and nightly back-ups can take hours longer."

To rectify this situation, many companies invest in hardware upgrades. However, IDC says this is only temporarily masking the problem, and

fragmentation will soon occur again in the new systems.

"To maintain optimal system performance, companies need to schedule disk defragmentation on a regular basis for all their servers and workstations,"

Widen said. "By doing this, they will significantly improve their system performance and decrease their IT total cost of ownership."

Typical defragmentation software costs $49.95 per workstation, and it can often add two years to the life of a $3,000 workstation. "Defragmentation

software provides a tremendous payback in a number of ways including the benefit of improved productivity, which is not included in the report's TCO

analysis," Widen concluded.

IDC's new report, Disk Defragmentation for Windows NT/2000: Hidden Gold for the Enterprise (IDC #B22336), analyzes the performance implications of file

fragmentation and its associated costs. The report discusses tests performed on defragmented systems and the result. It also looks at defragmentation as a

solution to unnecessary or premature hardware upgrades. To order a copy of the report, contact Cheryl Toffel at 1-800-343-4952, ext. 4389 or at

ctoffel@idc.com.

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